What’s next after the bitter Jakarta election? A time to laugh, apparently

by: Harry Febrian this article was first published on  Asian Correspondent  IT’s been weeks since the controversial Jakarta regional election ended with the victory of Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno over the incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat. While the contestation left a bitter scar to the fabric of Indonesian society—that probably […]

A Long Road to First Fellowship

It’s probably easier to celebrate glorious moment rather than reflecting on the long hard process behind it. I was once again reminded by this simple fact at the end of my NFP fellowship November last year. The fellowship — fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs — last only for 3 weeks, and it was a wonderful […]

Why We Should Have ‘Revolusi Mental’ in Our Reading Habit

by: Harry Febrian This article was first published on the Global Indonesian Voices Being a lecturer, there’s a sense of horror occupying my mind every time a new semester starts. This feeling, which I believe is also experienced by most of my fellow lecturers, is due to one simple reason: how to convince the students […]

Indonesia’s Small Acts of Defiance Can be Big Blow for IS

by: Harry Febrian this article was first published in The Jakarta Post Everybody was shocked by the attack in Jakarta on Jan. 14 that resulted in the deaths of eight people, including the alleged perpetrators, and dozens injured. Suddenly, Jakarta became the center of the world’s attention. Terrorism is complicated and sometimes hard to define. Jeffrey […]